John Ogle was born at Leeds, the son of Samuel Ogle and his wife Sarah Rathmell, and a distant relative of J. A. Ogle, F.R.C.P, Regius professor of medicine at Oxford, and of William Ogle, F.R.C.P, of Derby. He was educated at Wakefield and Trinity College, Oxford, where he took the degree of B.A. in 1847, and studied medicine at Leeds and St. George’s Hospital, proceeding to his B.M. degree in 1851. He held early appointments at St. George’s as demonstrator and lecturer on anatomy and curator of the museum, and in 1857 was elected assistant physician. He became full physician in 1866 but resigned on account of ill health in 1876 and was created consulting physician a year later. He was one of the first editors of the Hospital’s Reports, from 1866 to 1874. He delivered the Croonian Lectures at the Royal College of Physicians in 1869 and the Harveian Oration in 1880, and held the offices of Vice-President (1886) and Censor (1888). He examined in medicine for both Oxford and Cambridge Universities and was a member of learned societies in England and America. He enjoyed a large private practice. Like William Ogle, he was a deeply religious man. But his associations were with the Tractarian movement, and his personal friends included Gladstone, Pusey. Dean Church, and Dr. Temple, Archibishop of Canterbury. He married in 1854 Elizabeth, daughter of Albert Smith of Eccleshall near Sheffield, and had five sons and a daughter. He died at Highgate, where he had lived in retirement with a clergyman son. Another son, Cyril Ogle, F.R.C.P, succeeded him as physician at St. George’s Hospital.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1905; B.M.J., 1905; D.N.B., 2nd Suppl., iii, 41; Al.Oxon., iii, 1038]